Thursday, September 21, 2006

A New Venture

[Fall 2006] As some of you know (because after so many years the line between "client" and "friend" dissolves), I am soon going to be a grandma for the first time (a young, hip grandma at 45, I might add!). It's interesting how the start of a new generation stirs the pot of creative, long-term thinking.

reVisions Plus, Inc., has now been in operation for almost 20 years (April 1, 2008 will be our 20th anniversary). And I have loved writing the books, developing the web pages, writing the articles, and working in the online communities I've been privileged to host. Most of all, I've enjoyed building relationships with great people and companies all over the country and around the world.

With the upcoming arrival of this next generation of our family, my grown kids and I started talking about creating something lasting--something that could potentially outlive us and have a life of its own. We discussed our shared love of good books (especially books from our childhoods) and some of the common concerns we share about the time we live in--the future of our natural resources, our love of animals, our hope for a more harmonious world.

The outcome of those conversations is a new, part-time venture that is being born as part of reVisions Plus, Inc. Starlight Books is a small, family-operated childrens' book publishing company with a mission of "producing books and materials that promote respectful care of the natural world and all beings in it." We are just getting started--our first set of selected manuscripts is currently being reviewed by our newly formed editorial board--but we hope you'll stop by our new site and drop us a note if the mission resonates with you. We'd love to hear your ideas!

This fall we're full of the vision of what matters, what lasts, and where we want to spend our long-term and short-term energies. I hope wherever you are in that journey, you have the time to stop and enjoy the breathtaking colors of the season.